The Vancouver Canucks acquired Derek Dorsett from the New York Rangers in exchange for a third round draft pick on draft day.
This deal is a little bit expensive in my opinion. I would’ve thought a fourth round pick would have sufficed. Nevertheless, this is exactly the kind of player the Vancouver Canucks need.
The Canucks have been in desperate need of a game changer who isn’t afraid to throw the big hit or drop the gloves and in Dorsett they may have finally got hold of their man. The Canucks have had several players like him and have let them slip through their fingers. Maxim Lapierre and Raffi Torres are just two examples. The Canucks did try to reacquire Torres but failed to do so.
Since then Zack Kassian has tried to take over as the Canucks new enforcer but it didn’t work out at all. Now that Dorsett has arrived hopefully he’ll be able to provide some much needed energy in the Canucks fourth line.
Dorsett scored four goals and tallied four assists for the New York Rangers last season. The 27 year old grinder accumulated a whopping 129 penalty minutes in just 51 games for the Rangers.
This guy has speed and will do whatever is necessary to stop his opponent. He’ll do a much better job at protecting the Vancouver Canucks goaltenders and the Sedin twins.
The Canucks penalty kill units had better start preparing for some extra ice time this season though - Dorsett will certainly need them to bail him out. Canucks GM Jim Benning seems to be building a different mindset and style for the Vancouver Canucks.
The arrival of Dorsett and Bonino is an indication that Benning wants more physical play and grit within his team’s roster and Dorsett and Bonino are well equipped to meet the requirements of this goal.Both these guys certainly know how to use their physical play to frustrate their opponents and change games.
I still believe that Benning really needs to find a more experienced goaltender. But that hasn’t happened yet and at present I don’t have much faith in Eddie Lack or Markstrom.
Plus it will be quite difficult for Head Coach Willie Desjardins to insert these new players in the lineup.
However, I do believe it’s time for Alexandre Burrows to move down to the second line. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if he was traded. I can’t wait to see what other changes might be coming for this team.
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